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Regional Food Bank Reaches Out

Teaches Sustainable Gardening Techniques

February 16, 2011

OKLAHOMA CITY - With the arrival of sunny days and warm weather, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Urban Harvest program is launching a new season of Sustainable Home Gardening classes, and the Red Dirt Soil Builders is recruiting a new group of volunteers. 

“We are looking for dedicated individuals who want to learn more about sustainable gardening and basic composting techniques,” said Bruce Edwards, director of the Urban Harvest program.

Urban Harvest’s Sustainable Home Gardening class will focus on basic gardening techniques, and Red Dirt Soil Builders will teach volunteers about various types of composting.  The classes and volunteer opportunities are meant to give volunteers a fundamental understanding of sustainable, organic gardening.

“Volunteers start out with the basics but it’s the practical experience that’s applied outside of classes that helps students advance in their knowledge of sustainable gardening,” said Edwards.

Red Dirt Soil Builders starts February 5 and volunteers will spend the first five Saturday mornings in a classroom setting learning about different composting techniques. After the first meetings, volunteers will assist with composting in the Urban Harvest garden.

Each Sustainable Home Gardening class costs $15 and space is limited to the first 25 participants.  The class schedule is as follows:

  • Saturday, February 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. - Basic Home Seed Starting
  • Saturday, March 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. - Basic Raised Bed Garden Construction
  • Saturday April 9 from 1 to 4 p.m. - Basic Concepts of Home Composting
  • Saturday, April 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. - Basic Raised Bed Garden Construction
  • Saturday, April 30 from 1 to 4 p.m.-  Basic Concepts of Edible Landscapes
  • Saturday, May 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. - Basic Drip Irrigation
  • Saturday, Jun 4 from 1 to 4 p.m. -  Basic Container Gardening

The classes will be held at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, which is located at 3355 S. Purdue in Oklahoma City.  To sign up for the classes, contact Bruce Edwards at 405.604.7108, email bedwards@regionalfoodbank.org, or visit regionalfoodbank.org.

Urban Harvest is an agricultural program that makes fresh fruits and vegetables more readily available to hungry Oklahomans.  The program provides the tools necessary to increase family food security through education and training workshops.  Since its inception, the program has expanded to include 28 community gardens across the state that donate fresh produce to fight hunger in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma ranks as the fifth hungriest state in the nation, where 500,000 people wonder every day where their next meal will come from. Last fiscal year, the Regional Food Bank distributed 36.5 million pounds of food to hungry Oklahomans in 53 central and western counties. Yet it is still not enough to keep up with demand. In January, distribution increased by 22.5 percent and it is projected that 42 million pounds of food will be distributed by the end of June.

To make a donation to the Regional Food Bank, please call 405.972.1111, visit www.regionalfoodbank.org or make a $10 donation by texting “CAN” to 27722.  Message and data rates apply.

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is a private, 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that acts as a link through which the food industry and community may donate food and other goods. The products are then distributed to nearly 700 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. In the last fiscal year, the Food Bank distributed 36.5 million pounds of food and product to help the charitable community effectively feed people in need. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 383.5 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.  Visit regionalfoodbank.org to see the new counter that tracks the pounds and meals distributed every second.


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